Here’s every single one of the upcoming DC Extended Universe movies we know about in release date order

If you thought Marvel Studios’ slate was busy for the next few years, you absolutely need to check out this list of the DC Extended Universe movies on the way. While there’s no shortage of the odd problematic production schedule, there’s a guaranteed raft of superheroics here that’s, quite frankly, overwhelming. From traditional Batman movies to, errr, Plastic Man, there’s a comic adaptation here for everyone. Batgirl… Supergirl… New Gods… It’s going to take a while to get into  the release schedule but the next steps for the DCEU don’t have a single montage of a man hitting a tyre in sight. 

Wonder Woman and Aquaman are only the beginning of a DCEU worth watching and even future Harley and Joker movies sound far more appealing than anything we saw in Suicide Squad. Oh, and if you’re wondering where the Joaquin Phoenix Joker film is, it’s very separate from the DCEU where our official Joker, regardless of your thoughts on him, is Jared Leto. Here, in release order until all those pesky TBCs, are all the upcoming DC Extended Universe movies.

Shazam!

Shazam! sounds like the most ridiculous superhero movie ever planned… and yet, it’s also exactly what the DC Extended Universe needs. Shazam (aka, Captain Marvel before DC had to change his name because of rights issues with Marvel’s Captain Marvel) is actually a young boy who gets imbued with the powers of Shazam and turns into an adult superhero when he yells… well, Shazam! From the look of the first trailer, this movie is about to inject some much need heart and humour into the DCEU. Directed by horror maestro David F. Sandberg and starring Zachary Levi as the grown-up superhero Shazam and Asher Angel as the young boy within, this new DC Extended Universe movie promises something most DC films have lacked so far – fun! Levi has even teased on Twitter that while the movie is a standalone that takes place after the events of Justice League, there will be plenty of Easter eggs and links to other DC movies. 

Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) 

Release date: Feb 7, 2020

No, that title isn’t a joke. As revealed by Margot Robbie on Instagram, Birds of Prey (and the… oh you get the idea) follows the titular Quin after she has broken up with the Joker. I wonder how that conversation went. Regardless, she then teams up with Huntress, played by 10 Cloverfield Lane’s Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Black Canary. If that sounds like a trio to be reckoned with, it is and Ewan McGregor as Black Mask is going to have his work cut out for him. The plot so far reveals that the Birds of Prey and Gotham City Police Detective Renee Montoya come together to protect a young Cassandra Cain, or y’know, Batgirl. Directed by Cathy Yan, this is one to watch out for and definitely one of the most exciting additions to the list of upcoming DC Extended Universe movies.  

Wonder Woman 1984

Release date: June 4, 2020 

You might have seen those shots of the return of Steve Trevor already in Wonder Woman 2 but that doesn’t mean we’re getting to see Gal Gadot return as our favourite Amazon any time soon. What was once a November 2019 release date has shifted all the way to June 2020, meaning that Patty Jenkins has plenty of time to make this ‘80s-set sequel just right. Yep, I said the ‘80s which of course raises all kinds of questions about Chris Pine’s return. Patty Jenkins has already assured fans at San Diego Comic Con 2018 that this is “a very important part of [the] movie” so we’re going to have to trust her on this. Excitingly, Kristen Wiig is on board as villain Cheetah, as well as Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal who is rumoured to play a god – maybe one who can resurrect handsome army men? Plot details are mostly speculation at this point and it’ll be interesting as to whether Cheetah will be imbued with cat powers or just, err, wear fur but expect teasers and perhaps answers to start next summer.  

Green Lantern Corps.

Release date: July 24, 2020 

You’ve hopefully already forgotten the dreadful Green Lantern movie starring Ryan Reynolds. It’s telling that Reynolds actually doesn’t have to forget it, given that he never actually watched the movie. Instead, the Green Lantern Corps is slated for a July 2020 release date with a script written by none other than DC’s Geoff Johns, the man responsible for the Lantern’s excellent recent DC Comics run. Talking to Comicbook.com in 2018, he said to expect more of everything good about Hal Jordan’s battle with Sinestro in the graphic novels but he needs time. “I want to make sure I write the best script I can possibly write, so I need to go away in a cave and write that script and finish it and then come out and go ‘okay’ and work with the guys and really make sure we’ve got the best story to tell and the best way into this character,” he said. “I think we have a lot of things in it that… people know my run from Green Lantern and so they shouldn’t be too surprised by seeing what we bring into it.”  

Cyborg

Release date: TBC

At one point, Victor Stone, AKA Cyborg, had a set release of October 2019 for his standalone movie but there are some serious questions as to whether this is still going ahead. After the less than stratospheric success of the first Justice League movie, Warner Bros. has been particularly quiet on Ray Fisher starring in his own movie. Speaking to Screenrant in mid 2018, actor Joe Morton who plays Silas Stone, the father of Victor, in Justice League, said that there were still plans for a standalone movie but he hasn’t seen the script as yet. He also admitted that due to the problems in the production of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, with Joss Whedon coming in to do reshoots, he couldn’t confirm what Cyborg’s story would be. What was cut out of the movie may or may not become the main story of the standalone film. We’ll need to wait and see on this but it would be a shame to see this disappear from the DC Extended Universe movies roster.  

Justice League Dark

Release date: TBC

Because one Justice League just isn’t enough, Warner Bros. also has planned a Justice League Dark movie, a much more villainous version of Supes and co. Guillermo del Toro originally worked on the movie, which he reportedly said would see John Constantine recruit members of the Justice League Dark – Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon – but by 2015 he was no longer attached to the project. A year later, Warner Bros. hired Edge of Tomorrow’s Doug Liman to direct the film, with Scott Rudin producing, and Michael Gilio writing the script, but then Liman dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Given that it’s been musical directors chairs, hoping for this anytime soon might be wishful thinking but if you need your Dark Justice League fix, you could always watch the excellent animated movie released last year. 

The Flash

Release date: TBC 2021

The Flash movie production hasn’t had much luck or any of the powers of its titular hero. Having lost two directors, it eventually pinned down duo and Spider-Man: Homecoming writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. All this uncertainty meant that it lost its confirmed release date and Ezra Miller’s Fantastic Beasts commitments have been rumoured to move it all the way to 2021. There’s been a title change too from Flashpoint, to just The Flash, but the movie is still expected to follow the timehopping alternate reality-filled Flashpoint comics story. Ezra Miller will definitely be back as The Flash after his previous scene stealing performances as the speedy superhero but everything else at the moment is up for debate. 

Untitled Deathstroke movie

Release date: TBC

If all of this is starting to sound like everything is in development hell, it absolutely is. Deathstroke, or Slade Wilson, has been circling the DCEU rumours for years, eventually cropping up in the Justice League post credits scene played by Joe Manganiello. This one eyed antihero was originally meant to star in Ben Affleck’s The Batman and has been rumoured to get his own movie since late 2017. Raid and Apostle director Gareth Evans was signed on to direct this standalone title but apparently he’s pretty busy until 2020 which means we might have a really long time to wait. 

Untitled Justice League sequel

Release date: TBC

This new DC Extended Universe movie was originally intended to be the second, and concluding part, to Justice League – Part 1, directed by Zack Snyder and slated for June 14, 2019. As you can see, it’s been pushed back indefinitely and turned into an untitled and unspecific Justice League sequel instead. With that in mind we literally know nothing about it and there’s even some speculation that it might not happen at all now given the bad reaction to the first Justice League film. Don’t write it off just yet though. While Justice League might not have been a big hit with critics and some fans, it still made a killing at the box office and the critical success of Aquaman might just have reignited the desire for more where that came from. 

The Batman

Release date: TBC

With a development more tragic than the Dark Knight’s origins story in an alleyway next to a theatre, this is another new DC Extended Universe movie which feels very much up in the air.  As well as reprising his role as the Dark Knight, Affleck was originally set to write and direct the movie but eventually stepped down from directorial duties to focus on the lead role. It’s been quiet recently but according to new director, Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves, reported talking on a panel by Slashfilm back in August 2018, The Batman will be a “noir driven definitive Batman story.” He also said that despite loving the comic personally, this won’t be a Year One story and it will have a place in the canon. “There are ways in which all of this connects to the DC universe as well,” he said. “We’re one piece of many pieces so I don’t want to comment on that except to say that I’m focused very specifically on this aspect of the DC world.”

Untitled Man of Steel sequel

Release date: TBC

Warner Bros. also has a Man of Steel sequel in development, which will see Henry Cavill reprise his role as Superman but it’s been in the works for a long time. In November 2016, Amy Adams (AKA Lois Lane) confirmed that work had begun on the script, but gave few details. Speaking early in 2018 to Collider, Henry Cavill was as vague as someone under dangerously tight NDAs could be but managed to say that Man of Steel 2 is something he is having, errr, ‘conversations’ about. “I’m having a lot of conversations, behind-the-scenes, with certain people and we will hopefully be having conversations with other people who are also behind-the-scenes to make things start happening,” he said. “It is very much in my desire to do a Man of Steel 2, a direct sequel to Man of Steel, and there is a whole bunch of Superman story that I want to tell. There is a whole style of Superman’s character that I’m very keen to tell and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”.

Suicide Squad 2

Release date: TBC

Despite the less than favourable reviews from critics – that seems a polite way to put it – Warner Bros. is still gunning, so to speak, for another Suicide Squad movie. With original director David Ayer choosing to work on the now shelved Gotham City Sirens – sorry, Dave – a few possible replacement directors went through the rumour mill, including Mel Gibson, before the brightly coloured reins were passed to The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor. However, as this list has probably already taught you, prospective directors don’t seem to be involved in DC projects very long and now Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is now attached as writer and possible director of Suicide Squad 2. This will mean shooting schedules will have gone out of the window and there will be complex timetabling ahead to get the main Suicide Squad back together. I don’t envy whoever is making those spreadsheets. 

Untitled Black Adam movie

Release date: TBC

Anti-hero Black Adam will be getting a solo movie, as well as reportedly appearing in Shazam!, with none other than Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson confirmed for the role. It’s about time you got involved with superheroes, Dwayne. There’s not been much discussion around the movie since the initial announcement but Hiram Garcia, president of productions at Seven Bucks Productions, confirmed to Collider in mid 2018 that the studio is hard at work. “Black Adam is definitely happening,” he said. “We’re actually very deep into a script on it right now, which is coming along really well. I’m really excited with the story we’ve crafted. Black Adam just made kind of great sense. It was this kind of really cool anti hero… who believes in basically exacting justice in his way with a fascinating backstory, the history he has with regards to having been a former slave and freeing his people and then getting his abilities and what happened from there.”

Untitled Nightwing movie

Release date: TBC

Warner Bros. confirmed a standalone Nightwing movie back in 2016 to be helmed by the seemingly perfect choice of The Lego Batman Movie director Chris McKay. However, given the date now, things don’t look good BUT a tweet from McKay in October 2018 is keeping the dream alive. When asked if the Nightwing movie was cancelled he replied. “No. You’re going to have to wait tho. Keep hope alive. To paraphrase Dick Grayson: Nightwing lives. Always.” Let’s hope he isn’t lying and just doesn’t want to crush our dreams.  

Batgirl

Release date: TBC

The much-longed for Batgirl movie is still in the works but the DC Extended Universe is going to have to wait for Barbara Gordon’s tale. Originally Batgirl was meant to be directed by The Avengers’ and Buffy’s, Joss Whedon but he stepped down from the project in early 2018. Bumblebee writer Christina Hodson has taken over from Whedon on script duties which is great news given the sweet nature of the Transformers spin off, but the current state of play is that Batgirl is still looking for a director. Hopefully we get some news soon.  

 Supergirl

Release date: TBC

Announced in mid-2018, Supergirl is confirmed to fly into the DC Extended Universe at some point over the next few years. It’s exceptionally early days for Superman’s little cousin and no casting has even been remotely discussed, but 22 Jump Street screenwriter Oren Uziel has been hired on script duties. Rumour has it that while TV’s Supergirl Melissa Benoist will not be switching capes for the silver screen, the tone of the movie will replicate the positive, upbeat vibes of the show. Hooray. 

Aquaman 2

Release date: TBC 

Of course Jason Momoa will return. Original director James Wan isn’t contracted for Aquaman 2 in the DC Extended Universe but it sounds like Warner Bros. is already gearing up for an Aquaman sequel given the critical and box office success of the watery hero’s first outing. And, what do you know, Momoa has another movie on his contract, not to mention some thoughts on where the sequel will go. “I am contracted for one more [movie]”, explained Momoa when his ongoing contract with Warner Bros. as Aquaman. “It was awesome doing Justice League. It’s great being there with a huge cast but it’d be phenomenal if people really love Aquaman… I have an idea where I would want [a sequel] to go.” It sounds like this might go into production sooner rather than later if Momoa has anything to do with it.

Untitled Plastic Man movie 

Release date: TBC

Yes, this hero is just as unlikely as he sounds and just as, well,  recyclable. Plastic Man – or Patrick ‘Eel’ O’Brian – was actually a member of the Justice League for a while with his ultra malleable powers and it was confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter in December 2018 that a standalone movie is on the way. This will thankfully be a ‘comedic action-adventure’ rather than a Batman v Superman-style broodfest and is being penned by new screenwriter Amanda Idoko. Of course, there’s no release date just yet but let’s all agree now that if this comes out before Batgirl or Supergirl, we riot.

New Gods

Release date: TBC

Directed by Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay, New Gods is an adaptation of the comics Jack Kirby wrote when he arrived at DC after working at Marvel. It’s hard to sum up exactly how New Gods works, given its cast of hundreds and universe spanning mythos but the New Gods follows an everlasting war between two planets. One, a utopia and the other a wasteland run by the villainous Darkseid. This is, quite literally, a whole new world for the DCEU and there’s no knowing exactly how Warner Bros. will connect the dots but this is a fascinating addition to the upcoming DC Extended Universe movies. With DuVernay a massive fan of the comics, it will be exciting to see this potentially as the beginning of an all new set of movies. 

Untitled Harley Quinn and Joker movie 

Release date: TBCAdvertisement

So it’s unclear at exactly what stage in Joker and Harley’s tumultuous relationship that this takes place but a chaotic romcom between the clown prince and little miss giant hammer is in the works from Warner Bros. This, as yet untitled, movie is described by its writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa in Metro US as “a relationship movie but with the sensibility of Bad Santa.” Oh. Dear. It even starts with the psychotic pair kidnapping none other than Dr Phil to help with the relationship problems. No, really. Ficarra and Requa are known for directing TV comedy show This is Us and have no idea when Joker and Harley’s deranged adventure will start shooting. “We handed the script in and everybody loved it,” said Ficarra. “But I don’t know when they are going to do it.” Let’s hope it’s next in the queue and that Leto and Robbie are free. And is it too much to hope that Leto’s Joker has had some laser tattoo removal?

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